You Can Take Troops Out of the Military, But You Can't Take the Military Out of the Troops!

When I talk to people in uniform, the topic of transferable skills typically makes its way into the conversation. Military folks tend to think in terms of their job title, (also known as a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), Rating, Classification, Occupational Field, Designator, or Specialty Code to name a few.) and sometimes fail to recognize all the skills and abilities tied into their job.

You are much more than just an acronym or number designed to identify your job!

When making the Military-to-Civilian career transition, you may initially have challenges deciding which career path to take. Can you find a career that closely resembles your prior military job? Is there a civilian equivalent of what you did while in uniform? Will you attempt to get hired by a Fortune 500 company that has very little in common with the military? Will you opt for a new career in the Defense Industry where the only thing you need to change is what you wear to work each day?

I reached out to a couple of prior service military folks who have varying degrees of similarity between their military jobs and their current civilian careers.

As a Reserve military Public Affairs Officer, Adam Clampitt worked for Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the Director of Public Affairs Planning and Social Media for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, Mr. Clampitt was responsible for building public affairs capacity during the much-publicized troop surge, and developed the command's groundbreaking social media strategy which gained international recognition as the most successful military digital campaign of all time.

"I served in the Military as a Public Affairs Officer and am still in the Navy Reserves. Upon returning from a tour in Afghanistan, I chose to become an entrepreneur and open my own public relations firm." said Clampitt who serves as President of The District Communications Group LLC - A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business.

The ability to leverage military experience into civilian success remains evident in the long list of worldwide clients Adam supports. His Client List includes the National Association of REALTORS, Wal-Mart Stores, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and the United States Navy to name a few. "The Navy taught me great skills as a PAO and I'm thankful that they have translated into the civilian world." he said.

George B. Barankovich served in the U.S. Army and is the president of The Barankovich Financial Services, and has been serving people professionally in financial matters since 1996. When the day's done and the financial markets close, it's not uncommon for George to jump into a military uniform from a previous era. Donned in authentic World War II or other campaign standard issue, he shares historical and technical information during guided tours at Yanks Air Museum located in Chino, California. The museum is like a magnet for Veterans.

"Keeping in touch with other Veterans is important! Vets like to talk to other Vets. And, the majority of the people working at the museum are either Veterans or people who get as close to being in the military as they possibly can - by being a Reinactor!"

I asked him what a prior service airplane mechanic might enjoy about volunteering or working at the museum. "Imagine you worked on or flew vintage military aircraft years ago or just got out of the military recently. You could be part of a team that restores or flies aircraft! Maybe even the same aircraft you worked on while in uniform."

No doubt, the museum offers more than just a means to reconnect with the military's past. Many Veterans find this place the ideal spot to reconnect with people who have a common interest, common experiences, and make new friends.

"This air museum and those like it across the U.S.A. are a great place to meet!"

I guess it goes to show that;

You Can The Troops Out of the Military, But You Can't Take the Military Out of the Troops!

How do you (or plan to) take your military experiences and use them in such a way as to positively impact your civilian life?